St Louis Theological Seminary

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Master of Biblical Studies

The Master of Biblical Studies Program (M.BS.) is designed to provide a biblical foundation for individuals who want to have a better understanding of the Word of God and be able to minister in their community/congregation with confidence and ability.

Applicants entering the M.BS. program must have a Bachelor degree. If the applicant has little or no previous background in Biblical studies, completion of one or more additional graduate courses may be required by the Vice President of Academic Affairs. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required for complete acceptance into the M.BS.

The Master of Biblical Studies is designed to graduate students in 54 weeks of course work, if completed as suggested in the chart Sequence of Classes presented below, which is equivalent to approximately 13 months of studies.



Course Credits
New Testament Survey 3
Old Testament Survey 3
Biblical Hermeneutics 3
Critical Sermon Analysis 3
Systematic Theology 3
Church History 3
Bible Doctrines 3
Pauline Theology 3
Romans 3
Methods and Research * 3
Thesis ** 6


** A thesis may be substituted by two (2) additional courses from the Electives.

* If thesis is substituted, Methods and Research can also be substituted by one of the Electives.


Course Credits
The Book of Ephesians 3
Comparative Religions 3
Eschatology I 3
Eschatology II - Book of Revelation 3
The Book of Hebrews 3
Greek I 3
Greek II 3
Introduction to Hebrew Language 3


Suggested Sequence of Classes

Order Course Credits Weeks
  Order Course Credits Weeks
1 New Testament Survey 3     2 Church History 3  
  Systematic Theology 3       Pauline Theology 3  
    6 7       6 7
  Break   1     Break   1
3 Biblical Hermeneutics 3     4 Romans 3  
  Critical Sermon Analysis 3       Methods and Research 3  
    6 7       6 7
  Break   1     Break   1
5 Old Testament Survey 3     6 Thesis 6 14
  Bible Doctrines 3            
    6 7          
  Break   1     Total Course Work   54


Progress Chart for Suggested Sequence of Classes Starting in the Fall Semester



  1. For students opting to write a thesis, it is suggested that they write their proposal by the time the Specialization chosen first class begins.
  2. The stat date provided on the chart is an example for visualization purposes only.
  3. Cohorts are being formed year around giving students various options for beginning their degree.